Course Detail: ADAV - Advanced Avionics

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The Advanced Avionics Course is a follow-on to Principles of Avionics but would also benefit those who have not taken the "Principles" course. Some introductory material is extracted from Principles of Avionics to aid students who have not taken the "Principles" course. For those who have taken the "Principles" course or have avionics experience, this material will serve as a review.

The course covers some legacy systems, in particular those that civil aviation authorities intend to keep in operation as a backup for satellite navigation. Satellite navigation will be covered in detail at a greater depth than in the "Principles" course. More numeric examples including in-class exercises will be presented throughout the course.

Who Should Attend

Because avionics is the future of the airline industry, professionals working in various capacities across the aviation industry can benefit from this knowledge including:

  • Engineers or technicians that are employed in the avionics field
  • Avionics engineers or technicians seeking a deeper understanding of avionics systems
  • Those involved in avionics design, production and systems installation

Course Objectives

After completing this course the attendee will: 

  • Have an in-depth understanding of navigation with an emphasis on aviation
  • Be able to write and solve basic navigation equations
  • Understand the introduction of errors in navigation and their mitigation
  • Have an in-depth understanding of communications systems wired and wireless
  • Understand the operation of surveillance systems for aviation

Key Topics

  1. Navigation Principles - Earth model; Charting; Projections; Frames of reference; Navigation datums; Lines of position
  2. Space-Based Navigation - Orbits; Current navigation satellites; Satellite navigation error sources; Degradations to space-based navigation; Interference, multipath and atmospheric disturbances; The need for alternate position, navigation and timing, APNT; GNSS performance history
  3. DME in Depth - DME calculations; Radio horizon; Multipath concerns and mitigation
  4. Inertial navigation systems, INS - The concept of a stabilized platform; The virtual platform, strapdown INS; Gyros and accelerometers; INS, error sources; INS initialization; GPS and INS coupled systems; Loosely- and tightly-coupled systems
  5. Area Navigation, RNAV - Performance-based navigation, PBN; Required navigation performance, RNP; Determining actual navigation performance, ANP, in real time; Flight management systems; Trajectory-based operations; Navigation data bases; Creating flight plans
  6. Augmentation Systems - Space based, SBAS; Ground based, GBAS; Determining protection levels and alert limits in augmented systems; WAAS-aided approaches; WAAS performance history; High latitude navigation
  7. Surveillance Systems - Mode S; ADS-B; Wide Area Multilateration; Mode S and ADS-B packet and bit error rates
  8. Communications Systems - Modulation types; Maximum channel capacity; VHF data link, VDL; High frequency data link, HFDL; AeroMACS; LDACS. Wired digital communications; ARINC 429, ARINC 664, ARINC 825; Integrated Modular Avionics, IMA

Attendees Said...

"Dr. Helfrick simplifies a very difficult topic, Avionics. He gives easy to understand and easy to visualize examples and backstories related to Avionics. Kudos to Dr. Helfrick!" 

"This was an excellent course that very well met my expectations. I greatly appreciated teh professor's expert knowledge and experience."

"Amazing performance of professor APP !"

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Embry-Riddle will award 3.5 CEUs to each attendee who successfully completes the course.

Registration Information

The preferred method of payment is credit-card at the time of registration. If you are paying by another method of payment (wire-transfer, employer voucher, check/PO), please 'Create Profile' from the left menu and then contact Daytona Beach ProEd to submit a registration request. Please note registrations are not guaranteed until payment is received in full.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge of $150 will be assessed on any standard cancellations. A late cancellation charge of 25% of the course registration fee will be assessed on cancellations occurring within 14 days of the start of the course. For additional information, please review the detailed cancellation, deferment, no-show and refund policies.

 Session Information: D0525-ADAV-F1

Schedule: Every day, starting on 05/05/25 and ending on 05/09/25
Times: 08:00am-04:00pm EDT

Additional Information

Please note the registration deadline for the Advanced Avionics course is 11 APR 2025.

Contact: Crystal Fronataro
Tel: 386.226.2983


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Albert Helfrick

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Daytona Beach Campus
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Daytona Beach, FL 32114

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